Although calligraphy is often created with a pen or brush, high school English teacher Cale Borne is breaking the mold. He has learned how to write calligraphy with Zig Posterman markers. And Cale is inspiring his students by sharing his talent on his classroom chalkboard.

Cale wanted markers with wide tips that he could use for his calligraphy. He found the Zig Posterman BIGGIE and Big and Broad markers. “These markers are awesome,” says Cale. “I had this big blackboard in my room that was utterly useless unless I wanted to douse myself in chalk dust everyday.”

Cale Borne has leared to write calligraphy with Zig Posterman markers; the words British Romanticism appear on her classroom chalkboard in calligraphic lettering

Traditionally, calligraphy is created using a pen and ink or brush and ink combination. Artists create the ancient lettering by dipping their nibs or brushes into the ink and drawing it across the paper in artistic strokes.

A close up of British that Cale Borne wrote in calligraphy with Zig Posterman markersUsing a similar method, Cale can write calligraphy with Zig Posterman markers. Because the marker has a rectangle tip, he can create varying line widths. This allows him to mimic the strokes that are common with calligraphy. He uses the width of the tip for broader lines, and the edge and corners create thin lines and curls.

“My kids love the lettering I do for their notes and lessons,” states Cale. As a result, he’s able to inspire his students to learn calligraphy. “Several students over the past 2 years have even taken up calligraphy as a hobby after seeing the stuff on my board. I was able to show them something they probably wouldn’t have been exposed too, and that they found something creative to practice and get disciplined with.”

Did you know?
Contemporary calligraphy is defined as “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner.”¹ It began as a standard in handwriting with the development of Latin script in 600 BC. However, it has since become a popular art in writing eloquently. Calligraphy is therefore commonly used for wedding and event invitations, hand-lettered logo designs, religious art, graphic design and commissioned art, and memorial documents.

Want to know how you can write calligraphy with Zig Posterman markers?

Cale used the Big and Broad 15mmBIGGIE 30mm, and BIGGIE 50mm tip markers to create calligraphic lettering. Customers can use both waterproof and wet-wipe markers for these projects. Although it is recommended that waterproof is used where retracing or color overlap may occur.


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